Garuda Purana is one of those Ashtaadasa Maha-Puranas. It is called Garuda Purana because it’s within the form of a dialogue between Garuda the Divine King of Birds and Lord Vishnu. Later, Garuda recited the same to Sage Kashyapa that percolated down the line. It contains about 19000 slokas and is classified as Saattvika Purana. It is difficult to date Garuda Purana; as many revisions would have taken place and latest revision should have taken place throughout Sri Krishnaavathara when; Sage Vedavyaasa emended and revised all Puranas.
Garuda Purana deals with the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, geographical description and origin of the Universe; Creation; Procreation; Genealogy of Gods etc but most significantly it narrates the journey of a soul after death. The entire epic is in the kind of wonderful conversation between Garuda and Lord Vishnu concerning the that means of human life. Garuda Purana as well talks regarding the origin and propagation of Garuda. It describes different types of austerities, methods of worship, atonement for sin and divine &; sacred Mantras.
Significance of Garuda Purana Vachan
Garuda Purana as well covers description regarding the Nether worlds – Yama-Loka and varied types of Naraka Lokas (Hell). It explains the experiences of the Soul when it leaves the body and the cycle of infinite births the Soul takes. It dwells on the Law of Karma, Fruits of Karma (action); Moksha (Salvation) and varied varieties of punishments for the sins committed throughout life time. It gives a detailed description of the Exequies rites, its rituals and the ceremonies starting from death till the completion of 1 year.
Benefits of Garuda Purana Vachan:
As a custom we find in ancient Hindu families, recital of Garuda Purana takes place whenever there is a death within the family until the completion of thirteenth day ceremony. Great deserves (punya) are acquired from reading or listening to Sri Garuda Purana throughout that time. Those who narrate and people who hear this sacred Purana within 10 days or perhaps once the death of someone can get absolved from sins and is assured of happiness during this world also as within the next world.
- One who listens to Garuda Purana on the occasion of his parents death, such parents would attain Mukthi and as well he can be blessed smart progeny.
- Listening to Garuda Purana; one can get obviate sorrow; suffering and can be blessed with peace and prosperity.
- By reading Garuda Purana one can get an chance to refine him-self and move on the righteous path.
- Donating the sacred book of Garuda Purana to a Brahmin is as well extremely worthy.